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Dickenson Bay Beach, Antigua ~ Caribbean Beaches Guide

by Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend Correspondent

Beach 411 ~ Dickenson Bay Beach

Northwest Antigua in St. John's Parish

  • Beach type: Cruise ship central.
  • Beach geography: Relish in the gentle surf of this three-quarter-mile crescent that narrows during the winter months.
  • Ease of access: Dickenson Bay is only a 15-minute drive from the cruise port and a nearby taxi stand is your best transportation option if you're not staying on the Bay.
  • Extra costs: Rent two chairs and an umbrella for $20.
  • Beach amenities: You’ll enjoy restrooms, regular lifeguard duty, designated swimming areas, several restaurants, souvenir shops and locally run kiosks, resorts and beach bars. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire as are jet skis and other water sport equipment.
  • Special note: Lively from sunrise to nightfall.
  • Geo-locator: Where is Dickenson Bay Beach?

Dickenson Bay Beach ~ courtesy of comfortablejeans.comLocation, location, location, girlfriend

stay and relax steps from the bech at Siboney Beach ClubDickenson Bay is the most accessible and conveniently located beach on the island and if you’re hunting for the fully loaded resort beach experience, it’s the perfect choice. From swimming to cove explorations, yacht sailing to snorkeling, kayaking, wind surfing and scuba diving, Dickenson Bay has it all. Get here early when the beach is least busy to snag a good spot. Warm yourself in the sun, cool down in the water and enjoy all that surrounds you as you indulge in life on this busy beach.

Dickenson Bay activities, attractions & events

drop in to Pepperz n' Lime for a drinkFeast your eyes on a wide pallet of colors offered on the bay by catamarans, beach umbrellas, sailboats, jet skis, speedboats and brightly dressed tourists. Do some light souvenir shopping as you stroll kiosks run by the locals or savor Caribbean food and drinks at Pepperz n’ Lime, Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar, Tony’s Watersports and Bar, The Blue Pineapple Restaurant and Bar or Bay House Restaurant and Bar. Meander over to St Mary's Street or High Street in St. John's for upscale, boutique shopping or to Redcliffe Quay or Heritage Quay for stores that offer more authentic Caribbean merchandise.

do you want to relax or Adventure Antigua?Looking for something different? Head to Tony’s Watersports and Bar for a glass-bottom boat trip, a banana boat ride or rent out your own jet ski. The Antigua Donkey Sanctuary, located in St. John’s, gets you up close and personal with cuddly, well-tended Donkeys. If neither of these activities fit your forte, don’t fret – spend an afternoon at Putters Miniature Golf or Grand Bay Casino. A must do at Dickenson Bay are the tours with Adventure Antigua (visit them on Twitter or Facebook)

International Cricket 2nd Test Match (February): Don’t miss out on one of the hottest annual cricket events in the entire world. See teams from all over the Caribbean gather to compete according to the governance of the West Indies Cricket Board.

celebrate the summer at Antigua CarnivalAntigua Carnival Celebrations (July-August): Make merry during the Caribbean’s greatest summer festival created to celebrate the end of slavery. A festive opening sends the kids to the children’s carnival to witness the crowning of a party and calypso monarch. Reggae performances, a lion dance, carnival queen pageants, live entertainment and food can also be enjoyed at the Antigua Carnival during the most culturally significant two weeks on the island.

Dickenson Bay accommodations

Buccaneer Beach Club, AntiguaDickenson Bay offers the greatest selection of all-inclusive hotel options on the island. The most noteworthy accommodations within two kilometers of the beach include Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Siboney Beach Club, Antigua Village, Buccaneer Beach Club and The Villas at Sunset Lane (visit them on Twitter or Facebook).

Dickenson Bay weather

toast your girlfriends getaway in AntiguaWith an average temperature of 82°F, June is the hottest month in Antigua. The coldest month in Antigua, with an average temperature of 76°F, is January. You’ll want to avoid travelling to Antigua during the month of October if you don’t like the rain because it’s the wettest month with an average of 110mm of rain. Plan your vacation in September and you’ll enjoy the best temperatures for swimming in the sea when the average water temperature is 84°F.

For more information or help planning your next Antigua getaway, visit:

Read our other Antigua beach guides:

  • Half Moon Bay Beach
  • Pigeon Point Beach
  • Ffrye’s Beach
  • Jabberwock Beach
  • Rendezvous Bay

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